Chace Crawford finally has a new leading lady! Country singer and Dancing With The Stars' alum Julianne Hough reportedly beat out Hayden Panettiere for the chance to star in the remake of Footloose along side the Gossip Girl hottie. Rumors flew that Hairspray's Amanda Bynes and Miley Cyrus were also being considered for the role at one point. But there is one small catch to the exciting news — Julianne will only be in the movie if her schedule permits.

Chace jumped at the chance to play Ren McCormack (played by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original) after Zac Efron dropped out of the flick in March. And with HSM's Kenny Ortega directing the flick, Chace is already learning exactly how Zac and Vanessa Hudgens felt after all their dance routines! "I've started prep for [Footloose, and I'm extremely sore… It's really intense," Chace explains. "We're getting the gymnastics and doing some workouts. I'm learning some basic moves. I've got a little rhythm. I'm realizing everyday how much of all the nine months [of prep] I'm going to need."

Footloose is expected to hit theaters in June 2010. Tell us — have you seen the original Footloose? Are you excited for the remake? How do you think Chace will do once he straps on those dancing shoes?

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